medical devices

When Merdis Wells visited the diabetes clinic at the University Medical Center in New Orleans about a year ago, a nurse practitioner checked her eyes to look for signs of diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of blindness.

At her next visit, in February of this year, artificial intelligence software made the call.

The clinic had just installed a system that's designed to identify patients who need follow-up attention.

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Medicare paid at least $1.5 billion over a decade to replace seven types of defective heart devices, a government watchdog says. The devices apparently failed for thousands of senior patients.

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The Food and Drug Administration has filed a court order against medical device giant Medtronic over repeated problems with its implantable drug pumps that went uncorrected for years.

Under the order, Medtronic must halt most production and distribution of its Synchromed II drug pumps, which are implanted devices used to treat patients with cancer, chronic pain and severe muscle spasms.

  "The FDA expects that all patients will be treated with safe, effective and high-quality medical devices," said Jan Welch, a director in the agency's center for medical device regulation.

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.

Yet abolishing the tax won't be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs.

"Vacuum erection systems," also known as penis pumps, are among the medical devices that Medicare Part B pays for, and according to a ruling by PunditFact, Medicare has paid millions of dollars for them. The fact-checkers set out to check the claim that Medicare has spent on $172 million on the devices, and ruled it “mostly true.” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, was slightly incorrect on the timeframe she gave during an appeara

Do you take any prescription medications? Do you rely on oxygen, a respirator or other medical devices that require electricity? If so, you have a few extra steps to take to get ready for a hurricane.